Posts Tagged ‘building’

Time moves quicker in a montage!

Posted 23 Feb 2012 — by cheersphilip
Category diary

As threatened, here is the montage of all the shots I have taken of the rear of the house since we first bought it, right up until us moving in last week. Enjoy!

Fast Tube

(YouTube seems to have removed the dissolve transition. oh well.) you can download it for smoother playing by clicking on this internal link: calthorpe quick montage


And we’re in!

Posted 16 Feb 2012 — by cheersphilip
Category diary

Since Saturday Maryrose and I have been living in the house!!

In the picture you can see our carpenter doing some final finishing on the windows.

There would have been more photos of the progress of the windows, which have really come together over the last week, but due to BT (see previous post) we’re not actually going to have an internet connection until tomorrow (if we’re lucky) so they remain on my hard drive.

I might do a montage. you have been warned.

Other than that, I think I’ve written just about all I can about this renovation project, which quite frankly has gone on for bleedin’ ever.




Yay. Windows.

Posted 06 Feb 2012 — by cheersphilip
Category diary

The snow is snowing, and we finally have windows on our extension!
It’s not quite over yet though – the windows don’t have any glass in :)

I think they look rather spiffing!


Thanks BT

Posted 05 Feb 2012 — by cheersphilip
Category diary, Rant

No picture today. No nothing, in fact. Thanks to BT.

If you try and telephone me today, or yesterday, the day before and god knows how many days from now, you will not succedd. Why? Is all thanks to BT.

As we plan to move into our renovated cottage very soon, I thought it sensible to contact the phone company and ask them to connect us up. All that needs to happen is for an engineer to pop along to our house and take a wire from the telegraph pole and connect it to a wire in our roof.

It all started so well, with the chap at the call centre handling things very well and seeming to understand my situation in a preternaturally human fashion. They would disconnect my existing phone contract on the same day that the engineers comes round to connect  my new house. Simple!

Except we al know that that’s not what happened, don;t we? Of course, it’s mind-dumbingly obvious what happened – the engineers just did not turn up! No calls, no voicemail, no emails, no reason. its not as if they were on a tight schedule – I had been given the slot of 8am to 1pm. Nothing.

So, of course, the disconnection went ahead, without a corresponding connection.

So I call them up. After 2 and a half minutes of options I am told that their lines are closed at this time. Lines closed?!? Its the phone company?!?! You’d think they’d have someone to answer the phone!!!

So there’e now nothing I can do about it until Monday, when they’ll probably tell me that the engineer will next be in my area in July and that, no, they are unfortunately unable to reconnect my previous number. Sorry sir.



Progress is sweet

Posted 01 Feb 2012 — by cheersphilip
Category diary

Well, things are being done, and although the part of the cottage that you can see in this picture is still not finished, we might make an attempt to camp out there this weekend :)

We’ve had a breeze-block wall taken down and replaced with bricks, which is nice

We’ve had tiles laid on the kitchen floor, so that is coming together. 

And yesterday i took delivery of three and a half tonnes of gravel, so that’s all been laid out, which makes it look like a proper house, not just a building site!